Sunset state of mind

I,
capture the sunset in my eyes,
conjuring the thoughts and feelings brought by daily life,
counting my blessings for this beautiful life

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A lone man in the light of the glowing moon, giving perspective to the quiet, somber evening. ~ Hints Of Life

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A lamp post illuminates the gulmohar tree (Royal Poinciana) under autumn’s fading light. ~ Hints Of Life

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Famously fragrant and beautiful white frangipani (Plumeria alba), autumn’s darling. ~ Hints Of Life

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Autumn evenings

Clear evening skies, 
a sprinkle of burnt red and gold,
drifting away under my feet,
whispering the name autumn ~ Hints Of Life

A first sign of autumn in the neighborhood

Childhood memories of cool, misty September evenings are etched in my mind. How mama would have our light cardigans drycleaned sometime early in the month. Like the other young mothers she would be prepared for the change of season. This year though September feels more like a summer month. Gone are the days when the John Keats ode to autumn – ‘Seasons of mist and mellow fruitfulness‘ – felt so befitting for this time of the year. Still it warms the heart to see the leaves of the mellow garden tree turn a burnt red and yellow. A sign of the arrival of autumn.

September walks are delightful. There against the evening sky resplendent in gold is the mellow garden tree. Standing under its canopy I wait patiently to witness the magical autumn moment, the slow falling leaves, the fall foliage to come. It’s a tradition to collect a handful of autumn leaves in my copper basket, a reminder of nature’s lessons on life and existence. We come into this world for a short while, play our roles and vanish eventually into the cosmos to unite with the universe.

The mellow garden tree leaf in its autumn glory

It is pure joy to see a cluster of yellow mellow leaves changing color. Standing out among the green pine trees, they create a beautiful vista for onlookers.

Autumn resplendent in burnt red and yellow

And then the mind turns to the prospect of those misty, cooler days when the sun will beam weak on my face, my breath fogging the car windows. Snug, cozy nights, reading glasses, a cup of tea. Do share below your autumn stories. How has it been so far for you?

Signing off with best autumn wishes! 😊

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A September moonrise

To the moon I bare my soul 
under its glowing light
the longings of my heart come alive ~ Hints Of Life

Moonrise in Chandigarh, northern India

Living in the foothills of the Himalayas is an extraordinary feeling. The undulating hills visible from the hustle and bustle of the city are the Shivaliks, a range of the outer Himalayas. The autumn moonrise and its sunsets are beautiful to watch.

I’m such a ‘look at the moon’ person, a confirmed selenophile. The picture above was taken as I was walking my baby girl to the nearby park (her coos are louder and more full hearted there). A beautiful evening just after the rains, the breeze cool, birds making their way, a game of cricket in play on the street.

Through the labyrinth I set my eyes ahead, and there it was the moon rising under the fading daylight even as the hymns from the temple started to be heard. A sign of momentary nightfall.

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A September Sunset

Do you know what makes my heart happy? Watching this beautiful September sunset after a rainy day. ~ Hints Of Life

It’s magical to see the night clouds emerge as the orange sunset hues paint the skyline in Chandigarh, North India.

Note from the blogger: I embark on my blogging journey as a mother of a 4 month old daughter. For now I blog from India. Check out this space for beautiful pictures and heartfelt content from the beautiful country India.

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A fiery June sunset seen over the horizon in Northern India.

 

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Fall in Baltimore

A final Fall reminiscence as we welcome the winter.~ Hints Of Life

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A gush of fall colors outside Baltimore

Travel to near and far places enriches one’s mind, body and soul. It is the best kind of therapy that one needs from time to time. As I write this blog post it brings me immense joy and some fond memories. In late October I took a short trip to Baltimore in the nearby state of Maryland.

It was a special trip as I was traveling with my parents visiting from India. Starting our trip early morning we took the bolt bus from Manhattan to Baltimore. The three hour bus ride was comfortable and the fall colors of blazing reds, vibrant orange and sunny yellows spectacular throughout the journey. Looking through the window I was a spectator to nature’s greatest show. As the bus moved forward the scenery appeared like fast transiting rushes from a film.

Though the North-East experienced a delayed fall foliage peak this year, a result of warm temperatures and late October rains, for nature lovers it’s never too late to enjoy the colors of fall.

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A hazy shot from my bus window

Being on the road, traveling to new places, imbibing new experiences, absorbing new scenes; transports me into a calm and happy state. My mind feels free as if in a state of hypnosis and my thoughts wander to unreachable places. I like to use this quiet time to reflect, ponder, and dwell; to connect to my deepest emotions and feelings.

A close shot of the fall colors in the neighborhood

We were traveling to Baltimore to meet my maternal uncle and his family. A warm home welcomed us with love, delicious food, and late night chats. The suburb Stellabrooke was a quiet, beautiful neighborhood with gorgeous fall colors all around. Unable to resist my desire to explore the nature that surrounded my uncle’s house I took off in the evening with my camera into the woods. On this particular evening, the moon shone beneath the veil of clouds, bathing the fall trees in a milky glow. Walking around the yellow American Elms, bright Red Buckeyes and orange Sugar Maples my half-mile walk came to a halt at the end of the road. A tall red sign indicating ‘road end’ led to a private property whose driveway was painted in the stunning fall colors. I stood there for a few minutes romanticizing the scene and wondering about the people who live in this beautiful area.

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A cluster of fall trees at the end of the road

As the thunder rumbled in the distance a harbinger for the approaching storm I made my way back to my uncle’s home. It was time to retire to the warm indoors and enjoy a delicious cup of ginger tea with some homemade snacks. The two day trip soon came to an end and it was time to travel back to the city. We said our goodbyes taking with us lovely memories to cherish until we meet again.

Happy December! 😊

Signing off with best wishes for the week!

Recommendations:
https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/environment/bs-md-bizarre-foliage-20181019-story.html

https://hintsoflife.site/2017/11/14/landscapes-november-crush/

 

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The Lamp Post

Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Hints Of Life

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A lamp lit evening in Central Park, the American Elm shown in its late fall glory

 

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